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CHAPTER 16: “It was a traumatic year”
Ken Coomer is ousted, and Glenn Kotche joins Wilco. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is completed in an atmosphere of heady experimentation and increasingly debilitating inter-band politics, a permanent wedge driven between Jay Bennett and his bandmates. The price is steep, but the music transcends the trauma.
CHAPTER 17: A rock ‘n’ roll swindle, Part 2
Reprise Records rejects Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but disappointment quickly turns into opportunity. Reprise not only hands Wilco its walking papers, but the finished album to shop where it pleases. Wilco winds up with another Warner Brothers subsidiary, Nonesuch Records, in effect getting the parent company to pay for the same album twice.
CHAPTER 18: “A circle can only have one center”
With his bandmates backing him, Tweedy dismisses Bennett from Wilco. Here are the specifics on the break-up, as told from all sides.
CHAPTER 19: “Judas!”
Wilco launches a tour only days after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, and finds fresh purpose on the road. The band’s sound shifts again, away from guitar-based rock and toward a more atmospheric, abstract beauty. Not all the fans are pleased. “Judas!” one cries, echoing the folk purists betrayed by Dylan in the ‘60s.
CHAPTER 20: “Be Not So Fearful”
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is acclaimed as the 2002 album of the year. A backlash ensues, but Wilco is already three steps ahead. Their fifth album, A Ghost is Born, is a live-in-the-studio antidote to the studio sculpture of the two previous albums. It introduces Tweedy’s latest guise: hot-shit lead guitarist.